Willem Meijer

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Willem Meijer
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Willem Meijer in September 1957, shortly after completing a plant collecting expedition to western Sumatra.
Born 1923
The Hague, Netherlands
Died October 22, 2003
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Fields Botany
Institutions University of Amsterdam, Herbarium Bogoriense, Faculty of Agriculture (Pajakumbuh), Forest Department of North Borneo, University of Kentucky
Known for Numerous publications and plant collections

Willem 'Wim' Meijer (1923 – October 22, 2003) was a Dutch botanist and plant collector.

Background and education[edit]

Meijer was born in 1923 in The Hague, Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1951. Meijer travelled to Java later that year and became the Assistant of the Herbarium Bogoriense (Bogor herbarium).

Early career[edit]

He returned to Europe for a short leave before going back to Indonesia in February 1955. There he lectured on botany at the Faculty of Agriculture, Pajakumbuh, Sumatra. In September 1956, Meijer was appointed the Professor of Botany at the institution. His expertise lay in hepaticology, although he also studied mosses, ferns, and spermatophytes

Borneo and America[edit]

Meijer was repatriated in 1958. From May 1959, he was employed by the Forest Department of North Borneo, stationed in Sandakan. From 1962 to 1963, he made a round-the-world trip, visiting herbaria in various countries. Meijer returned to Europe on leave again in 1966. In 1968, he was appointed Visiting Associate (later Associate) Professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He stayed there until his death on October 22, 2003.